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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Kel Kau host ENY's Manhattan Celtic Masters in the regional semifinal of the O40 Cup.
This game got off to a quick start with two quick opportunities from Kel Kau. But, it was the Celtics that converted on a counter in the fifth minute. Kel Kau's keeper made a great first save however Celtic's player #10 Valentine crashed the net and finished the rebound as seen here: Celtics First Goal
It took until the 30 minute for Kel Kau to equalize with this goal from Correia: Kel Kau First Goal
The score stood tied 1-1 at halftime.
In the forty-eighth minute, Manu broke down the sideline and made a beautiful centering pass to Amilton Pina who finished with a single touch as seen here: Kel Kau Second Goal
Then both teams added PK goals for fouls in the box as seen here:
This put the score 3-2 Kel Kau advantage.
In the eighty-six minute, Manu went 1v1 with the Celtics keeper and dribbled past him to net the 4th Kel Kau Goal, making it 4-2 with 4 minutes remaining in regulation. Kel Kau's 4th Goal
However, the Celtic dug in and would not concede the game. 5 minutes of additonal time was announced by the referee. In the ninety-first minute, Celtics score to close the gap to one goal as seen here: Celtic's 3rd goal
Empowered and determined, the Celtics scored this beauty of a goal in the last minute of stoppage to equalize: Celtics Stoppage Goal
It was to be Kicks From The Spot to determine who would be moving on to the regional finals. In the eighth round of PKs, the Celtic's keeper that made this diving save and ended Kel Kau's national cup run: Celtics PK Save
We wish the Manhattan Celtics Masters the best of luck as they take on Christo FC of Maryland in the finals on June 17th.
Tip of our caps to Kel Kau for a great run in the Cup. We look forward to seeing you back on the field in OTHSL play and again in the O40 State Cup in Spring of 2024!
Shot taken by Kel Kau Masters #15
Rainy half time at Madison Park High School
Kel Kau led 4-0 at the half, but Craft Food Hall was able to generate more possession and offense early in the second half, resulting in several nice saves by Kel Kau keeper.
And then we had another wave of goals...
Tip of our hat to the New Hampshire team who fought to the end with only 1 sub against Kel Kau's full bench. We recognized several OTHSL players who took to the field for NH... it was great to see familiar faces. We look forward to seeing more teams from New Hamsphire in our regional Cups!
Also, to be noted... we were proud to boast two national referees on our crew for this match.. Katie McCormick and Jessica Carnevale. Adam Cooke and Stearn Briem completed this quality crew!
Pictured above: Jess Carnevale and Katie McCormick
Pictured above: Kel Kau & Craft Food Captains with Referee Crew
2023 State Cup Schedule:
1. Safira FC
3. Kel Kau Masters FC
4. FFM United
5. Lexington Bald Eagles